Psalm 44

Come to Our Help

1 We have heard with our ears, O God,
a Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
2 b You drove out the 1 nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
3 For c they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
d Because You favored them.

4 e You are my King, 2 O God;
3 Command victories for Jacob.
5 Through You f we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
6 For g I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.
7 But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.
8 h In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah

9 But i You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.
10 You make us j turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken 4 spoil for themselves.
11 k You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have l scattered us among the nations.
12 m You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.
13 n You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
14 o You make us a byword among the nations,
p A shaking of the head among the peoples.
15 My dishonor is continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
q Because of the enemy and the avenger.

17 r All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
s Nor have our steps departed from Your way;
19 But You have severely broken us in t the place of jackals,
And covered us u with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or v stretched 5 out our hands to a foreign god,
21 w Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 x Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 y Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
24 z Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For a our soul is bowed down to the 6 dust;
Our body clings to the ground.
26 Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies' sake.

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 12:26
    "And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?'
    Exodus 12:27
    That you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.' " So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
    Deuteronomy 6:20
    "When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?'
    Judges 6:13
    Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
    Psalms 78:3
    Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 15:17
    You will bring them in and plant them In the mountain of Your inheritance, In the place, O LORD, which You have made For Your own dwelling, The sanctuary, O LORD, which Your hands have established.
    2 Samuel 7:10
    Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously.
    Jeremiah 24:6
    For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.
    Amos 9:15
    I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them," Says the LORD your God.
  3. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 8:17
    "then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'
    Deuteronomy 8:18
    And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
    Joshua 24:12
    I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but not with your sword or with your bow.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:37
    And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power.
    Deuteronomy 7:7
    The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples.
    Deuteronomy 7:8
    But because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 74:12
    For God is my King from of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:17
    His glory is like a firstborn bull, And his horns like the horns of the wild ox; Together with them He shall push the peoples To the ends of the earth; They are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And they are the thousands of Manasseh.
    Daniel 8:4
    I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.
  7. Cross References
    1 Samuel 17:47
    "Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD's, and He will give you into our hands."
    Psalms 33:16
    No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
    Hosea 1:7
    Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, Will save them by the LORD their God, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 34:2
    My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
    Jeremiah 9:24
    But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 60:1
    O GOD, You have cast us off; You have broken us down; You have been displeased; Oh, restore us again!
  10. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:17
    I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.
    Joshua 7:8
    O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies?
    Joshua 7:12
    Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.
    Psalms 89:43
    You have also turned back the edge of his sword, And have not sustained him in the battle.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 44:22
    Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
    Romans 8:36
    As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  12. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:33
    I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.
    Deuteronomy 4:27
    And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you.
    Deuteronomy 28:64
    Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known - wood and stone.
    Psalms 106:27
    To overthrow their descendants among the nations, And to scatter them in the lands.
    Ezekiel 20:23
    Also I raised My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 52:3
    For thus says the LORD: "You have sold yourselves for nothing, And you shall be redeemed without money.
    Isaiah 52:4
    For thus says the Lord GOD: "My people went down at first Into Egypt to dwell there; Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
    Jeremiah 15:13
    Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder without price, Because of all your sins, Throughout your territories.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 79:4
    We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.
    Psalms 80:6
    You have made us a strife to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves.
    Jeremiah 24:9
    I will deliver them to trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:37
    And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the LORD will drive you.
  16. Cross References
    Job 16:4
    I also could speak as you do, If your soul were in my soul's place. I could heap up words against you, And shake my head at you.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 8:2
    Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
  18. Cross References
    Daniel 9:13
    As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth.
  19. Cross References
    Job 23:11
    My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:13
    And thorns shall come up in its palaces, Nettles and brambles in its fortresses; It shall be a habitation of jackals, A courtyard for ostriches.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 23:4
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:14
    You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you
  23. Cross References
    Job 31:14
    What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?
    Psalms 139:1
    O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
    Psalms 139:2
    You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
    Jeremiah 17:10
    I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
  24. Cross References
    Romans 8:36
    As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  25. Cross References
    Psalms 7:6
    Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded!
  26. Cross References
    Job 13:24
    Why do You hide Your face, And regard me as Your enemy?
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 119:25
    My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
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